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Dartmouth receives $330,000 from New Hampshire Green House Gas Reduction Fund for campus energy monitoring project

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Posted 11/23/09 • Media Contact: Susan Knapp (603) 646-3661

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Kathy Lambert and Steve Shadford
Lambert (left) and Shadford are working to make the campus more energy efficient (photo by Joseph Mehling '69)

Related Link: Dartmouth’s commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions celebrates one-year anniversary

Dartmouth has received a $330,936 grant from the New Hampshire Green House Gas Reduction Fund to help implement a Campus Energy and Sustainability Management System. This new system, which will measure and monitor energy use around campus, supports Dartmouth’s commitment to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent below 2005 levels by the year 2030. The grant award will be matched by funds at Dartmouth.

“Building energy use currently accounts for approximately 80 percent of Dartmouth’s greenhouse gas emissions,” says Stephen Shadford, energy engineer with the Facilities Operations and Management Department (FOM). “The new system will continuously monitor the buildings and allow us to ensure that we’re being as efficient as possible with the energy-intensive activities on campus -- the heating, cooling, ventilation and lighting of existing buildings.”

Shadford and Kathy Lambert, the Dartmouth’s sustainability manager, along with a host of other Dartmouth administrators, faculty, and staff, have been working on a variety of fronts to systemize Dartmouth’s efforts toward energy efficiency and sustainability.

The Campus Energy and Sustainability Management System at Dartmouth will be implemented over the next several months, starting with the buildings that have the highest energy use. By the end of one year, an array of approximately 250 building energy meters will be tied in to the system, and software will help detect inefficiencies in system operations. With this new tool, FOM will mobilize its internal specialists, called Tiger Teams, to fix the inefficiencies and track the results of many projects that are aimed at reducing energy use on campus.

The new Campus Energy and Sustainability Management System will also be a powerful tool in collecting data for research aimed at promoting individual behavior changes as well as helping campus-wide conservation efforts with real-time building energy feedback data.

“Occupant behavior can often be tied to energy use, especially in buildings with large plug load demand such as campus offices, residence halls, and laboratory buildings,” says Lambert. “Through the Campus Energy and Sustainability Management System, we expect to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 10 to 15 percent for a total reduction of 8,800 to 11,500 MTCDEs per year [metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent].”

Lambert and Shadford explain that the project will draw on Dartmouth’s education and research assets to track the effectiveness of the system, monitor results, distill lessons, and disseminate a case study for other colleges, universities, secondary schools, private corporations, as well as non-profits and municipalities that own and manage multiple buildings. This will be an effective leveraging tool for the New Hampshire GHG Emissions Reduction Fund and its mission.

“Dartmouth College is in the vanguard of large institutions in the state that are working to track, manage, and reduce energy use,” said Jack Ruderman, director of the Sustainable Energy Division of the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission. “The Campus Energy and Sustainability Management program is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 10 to 15 percent by optimizing building energy use and employing real-time energy feedback to promote behavioral change. As with so many energy efficiency initiatives, not only will there be environmental benefits, but the campus will reduce emissions, and the university will save money.”

This project was funded, in part, by the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Fund, a program initiated in February 2009 to fund projects throughout New Hampshire to lower greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. GHGERF funding results from carbon allowance auctions from the Regional Greenhouse Initiative (RGGI) an effort by 10 participating Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states to educe emissions of greenhouse gases from the electric power sector.

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